Mossimo Giannulli, the fashion designer husband of former “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin, has reportedly been released from prison after being sentenced to five months behind bars for his role in the college admissions scandal.
“He was released three weeks earlier than planned,” a source told US Weekly. “It’s Lori’s Easter surprise.”
Giannulli was reportedly transferred to RRM Long Beach halfway house after his release. He and Loughlin pled guilty last year to charges related to them allegedly paying $500,000 in bribe money to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before. Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison, and she concluded her sentence at the end of 2020.
Adjusting to life in prison was difficult for Giannulli. His son Gianni from a previous marriage claimed that he was forced into “solitary confinement” at the beginning of his sentence. Giannulli was finally moved to a minimum-security camp in January after quarantining in solitary for an “extended period” as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mossimo had to file an emergency motion to get out of solitary because he had no access to anything while inside,” a source said at the time. “He didn’t go outside for almost two weeks; he was denied access to everything other than a shower.”
Last month, a judge rejected Giannulli’s request to serve out the rest of his sentence at home, ruling that he had “given no extraordinary or compelling reason why his current circumstances in the camp warrant immediate release” and that the original five months of prison time was an “appropriate” punishment.
“If extenuating circumstances occur in the future, the warden can intervene or defendant can file a renewed motion,” the judge added, going on to say that Giannulli serving his full sentence in prison would “dissuade and deter others” from believing “they can flout the law” without consequences.
Neither Giannulli nor Loughlin have spoken publicly about this scandal, but their daughter Olivia talked about it in an interview back in December.
“We had the means to do something and we completely took it and ran with it. It was something that was wrong,” she said. “It really can’t be excused. On paper, it’s bad — it’s really bad. But I think what a lot of people don’t know is my parents came from a place of just, ‘I love my kids I just want to help my kids — whatever is best for them — I worked my whole life to provide for my family.’ I think they thought it was normal.”